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Chico O'Farrill

Chico O'Farrill

born on 28/10/1921 in La Habana, Ciudad de La Habana, Cuba

died on 27/6/2001 in New York City, NY, United States

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Arturo O'Farrill

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Arturo O'Farrill is a pianist and composer, the son of Latin jazz musician, arranger and bandleader Chico O'Farrill.[1] He formerly worked with Carla Bley and eventually took over his father's band. Arturo went on to form the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, which played at Lincoln Center. Under his direction the group recorded the Grammy-nominated album Noche Involvidable in 2005. In 2007, O'Farrill left Lincoln Center to form his own non-profit, the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance. Under the new institution, O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra released their second album Song for Chico in 2008, which won a Grammy Award for "Best Latin Jazz Album" at the 2009 Grammy Awards. He joined the 9th and 10th annual Independent Music Awards judging panel to assist independent musicians' careers. In 2011, O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra released their third album 40 Acres and a Burro, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album." He was also a professor of jazz at The University of Massachusetts Amherst and SUNY Purchase. In 2013, he became an artist in residence at the Harlem School of the Arts.[2]

He lives with his wife and two sons, Zack and Adam, in Brooklyn. His sons are the leaders of the O'Farrill Brothers Band.


  • Blood Lines (1999)
  • A Night in Tunisia (2000)
  • Cumana (2004)
  • Live in Brooklyn (2005)
  • Una Noche Inolvidable (2005)
  • Song for Chico (2008)
  • Risa Negra (2009)
  • The Auction Project (2010)
  • 40 Acres and a Burro (2011)
  • The Noguchi Sessions (2012)


  1. Edelstein, Paula. Arturo O'Farrill. Allmusic. Retrieved on 14 August 2011.
  2. Chinen, Nate. "Arturo OFarrill to Begin Residency at Harlem School of the Arts," New York Times, May 31, 2013.

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